Sunday, February 24, 2013

Easy & Inexpensive Planked Wall

This is probably my favorite project to date and I am so completely thrilled to be able to share it with you all!  A couple of weeks ago in my [Project Notebook] series I mentioned that I was interested in doing a planked accent wall in our home. (You can see the original post here.)
 


My initial idea was to mark off stripes and paint the wall to mimic planks, but after much research and sharing my plan with my husband, we decided to go with wood and do our own twist on the planked wall.


 
 
My first bit of prep work was to paint the entire accent wall. I used Behr Ultra White in a semi gloss, which is what I have used on all the trim work and doors in our home.  I chose to use it here to create that look of a paneled wall.
 



 
Next, and mostly because my math skills are atrocious and I would never fully trust myself, Martino took measurements of the wall to figure out how long and wide each piece of wood should be and how we could best maximize the wood we were going to purchase.
 


 
We ended up buying one sheet of 5.5 mm 4 ft. x 8 ft. underlayment at the Home Depot for just $12.17 (here) and, (this was the really exciting part), they made all the cuts for us for free! Martino had the wood cut at 4 1/2 inch wide, strips which match the height of our baseboard.  But, we didn't cover the entire wall. We just randomly spaced the boards, so what you are actually seeing is alternating rows of the wood strips with the painted plaster walls.  This saved both time and money and created an extra layer of depth and texture.
 


 
 
 
Now, we live in an old house, on a hill, and I truly do not think there is one spot that is actually level. With that said, Martino did have to adjust the length of the boards to fit. But, it was so simple just using a utility knife and then a sanding block. Of note, he started with the board that would be placed closest to the ceiling and made sure that it, and each subsequent board, was level before attaching it to the wall.  To attach the boards to the wall he used paneling nails which cost $2.37 per pack; we only needed one package (here).  Lastly, I primed and painted the wood to match the rest of the wall in Bright White.
 
 
 
 
 
Here are some shots documenting the process...





I kept the furniture and much of the décor the same in the area, with the exception of our $6.99 thrift store painting, that relocated from the other side of the room.
 

 
 
Since I always have primer, trim paint and sanding blocks on hand, our total cost for the project was under $15.  Amazing right?
 
And, do you want to hear the most ridiculous story about our trip to Home Depot to get the supplies for the project?  This is what I posted the very next day on Facebook. I truly cannot believe myself sometimes!
 
So, I totally didn't recognize Martino in the Home Depot last night (we each took part of the list and planned to meet up). I was aimlessly walking around looking for him when I saw this guy staring at me and thought "what the heck is with that guy...back off buddy." When I suddenly realized it was Martino looking at me wondering why I had a ridiculous expression on my face and not actually walking over to him. OMG. I totally thought he was wearing a different jacket and forgot he had a beard. And then to top it off, later on, an employee yelled over to me asking if I had found my husband. Do not take me anywhere.


 


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41 comments:

  1. Amazing, Right - Yes! Your planked wall turned out beautiful. I love your new spin on it by leaving the space between each board. Great idea. It really turned out wonderful!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Suzanne

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  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! And, with Home Depot making the cuts for you?! For free?! I am going to have to do this somewhere in my house! Thanks so much for sharing! Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

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  3. that story is hilarious!!!! ha ha! and i LOVE the wall!!!! it looks AMAZING!!! wow!

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  4. Beautiful! You are so clever with keeping the cost down. It looks amazing!

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  5. Angela I LOVE this look, fabulous job!! I've been wanting to do this in my son's room. The whole area looks beautiful!

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  6. That wall is gorgeous! And your story is too dang funny! Ha!

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  7. A really great project! I love how you left some of the wall exposed! Love the $6.99 portrait!

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  8. What a neat project...it looks outstanding!! Stop by and see was in the top 5 at my party last week:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  9. Oh that turned out beautifully!! Thanks for sharing....now my wheels are turning. ;)
    Nancy

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  10. Oh Angela, your wall is amazing for sure! And so thrifty too! You must be thrilled with the result! ... And I'm not at all surprised by your Home Depot story. Don't laugh, but I'm convinced that there is something funny about the lighting in there. I always feel just a little weird/off when I'm there. I can't really explain it, but hey, you can use that excuse if you like!

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  11. Wow, great way to make the entire wall with half the wood. GREAT idea!!! I am going to think about doing this when my family room addition is complete. Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.
    xo,
    Lisa

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  12. Great room and project. Love the way it turned out and the texture it adds.

    Cynthia

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  13. Love this project! It adds the perfect amount of depth and texture. I also like your painting- looks awesome against the new wall.

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  14. Looks amazing! The perfect backdrop for your painting and furnishing...love it!!!

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  15. Your planked wall looks fantastic, and what a great idea to randomly space them. Too funny about not recognizing your hubby either.

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  16. Great job. I would have never thought to space out the boards. I possibly, just might, maybe will, do a board wall in my bathroom, so thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. What a fantastic $19 addition to your home. It makes the wall so interesting now.

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  18. It is amazing what you and your husband do so inexpensively. I would be careful not to lose him. Maybe he should wear a name tag.

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  19. Well that is just absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  20. Wow, you did a great job!! I love this room ;)
    Jamie

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  21. This wall looks amazing and I can't believe the price. Pinning!

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  22. What a great idea! It turned out beautifully and for an amazing price. So funny about not recognizing your husband : )

    Jeanette

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  23. If we weren't thinking about moving, a planked wall would definitely be on my hubby's to-do list! Yours turned out great!

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  24. I am in awe! I can't believe you did it for so cheap and it looks so expensive! Your vignette is so gorgeous as well. Love the painting and all the candles. So fabulous!

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  25. Love the wall. Fantastic job and tutorial! Thanks for sharing all the details and the funny story!
    melinda

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  26. looks awesome, angela. we have a whole refinished basement full of planked walls that we love!

    visiting via vintagefarmhouse and hope you'll find a moment to pop over soon.

    smiles.

    michele

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  27. Angela I love this! I may have to attempt this somewhere in our home. Thanx for sharing at THT!

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  28. This is so beautiful. I want to do this to our one wall in our living room. (Came from Happy Hour link up)
    I would love to also invite you to join Totally Tuesday and link up your blog for my first ever link party: http://www.madcapfrenzy.blogspot.com/2013/02/totally-tuesday-1-link-party-time.html

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  29. Your wall looks awesome! I've got to plank a wall or walls in my home. Thank you for sharing at "What We Accomplished Wednesdays." Have a great weekend!
    hugs,
    Deborah

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  30. Thank you for linking. Looks great! ♥

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  31. Your planked wall looks fabulous! This is such a wonderful inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Love your planked wall. It's fabulous. Nothing tops the Home Depot story.
    Ruth

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  33. What a great wall treatment. Love it and a plus that it did not break the bank to do it.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  34. Thanks for linking up your awesome wall to Monday Funday Angela! I am featuring you! Stop by to grab a featured button! xoxo - Cheryl
    http://www.thatswhatchesaid.net/2013/diy-home-ideas/

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  35. Beautiful!!! I love the whole project and display. I am kind of happy to see an antique piece that shows off the nature wood!!! It's beautiful!
    Karen

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  36. What a great project! Please share it on a terrific linky – Design Décor Tuesday. www.designdecortuesday.blogspot.com. See you there! ☺

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  37. Your wall is an inspiration. Great look, great price, great variations in whites with the shading.
    Joy

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